Jane is Blue Toon’s litter hero

Hero of the Month, Jane Lawrie, receives her award from campaign director of Clean Up Scotland, Jeremy Purvis.
Hero of the Month, Jane Lawrie, receives her award from campaign director of Clean Up Scotland, Jeremy Purvis.

Peterhead woman Jane Lawrie, on behalf of the litter action group Pick Up Peterhead (PUP) has been presented with a prestigious honour recognising her work in improving the appearance and experience of the Blue Toon, particularly the town’s Lido area.

Pick Up Peterhead was started by Theresa Ritchie and Alex Davidson and the group has grown, primarily through promotion of their work on Facebook and other social media.

Members of the group regularly clean up their local streets and parks, as well as the beach and the surroundings at Peterhead Lido, which suffers from debris washed up.

The work of PUP, which is a member of the umbrella group Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative, contributed to Peterhead Lido successfully gaining a Seaside Award earlier this year.

Commenting on her award, Jane told the Buchanie: “I only started noticing the mess on the beach and in the parks when I got a dog.

“I do a litter pick every day for about 45 minutes and would encourage everyone to do the same.

“It is really satisfying to see what you have achieved when you look back at the area you have cleaned, particularly after a group clean up.”

Theresa said: “Litter and mess in communities is such a big issue, but one that can be solved so easily if everyone did their bit and didn’t drop litter in the first place. Small efforts can make such a difference.”

George Niblock from the Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative added: “In my 47 years of involvement in litter prevention and street cleansing, I have never come across such an enthusiastic and active bunch of volunteers as PUP – they are out litter picking virtually all of the time.”

Commenting as he presented members of Pick Up Peterhead with a framed certificate commending the group’s achievements, Lord Purvis of Tweed said: “The Clean Up Scotland campaign is all about local people deciding to do something about the litter, dog dirt and other mess that blights our neighbourhoods and landscape, and PUP members have grabbed the bull by the horns by doing something about it.

“They deserve this Hero of the Month Award.

“Clean Up Scotland is trying to engage a million like-minded people during 2013 and 2014 to help make Scotland shine.”

If you’d like to join PUP and help make Scotland that bit cleaner, join the Clean Up Scotland campaign. Clean Up Scotland provides people and groups with clean up kits for free – you just need to bring enthusiasm!”

Clean Up Scotland, the mass-engagement campaign run by the independent environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, is offering the “Hero of the Month” award to stand-out individuals or organisations which have helped make a genuine difference to their local area.

Clean Up Scotland aims to involve a million people in making Scotland shine as it hosts global events in 2014, such as the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

You can find out more information on the website.